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'South Sudan: A Slow Liberation' with Edward Thomas, Thomas Mawan Muortat and Liz Hodgkin 
Wednesday 14th January, 7pm
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'Capitalism is Bad for Your Mental Health' with Robert Dellar, Alistair Kemp, and the Association of Musical Marxists 
Wednesday 21st January, 7pm
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Veterans for Peace present: Songs and Stories from the Global Uprisings with Ryan Harvey, Raast and Shireen
Sunday 25th January, 6pm
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Brick Lane Debates present: Capitalism 101 - Workshop lead by Neil Faulkner
Monday 26th January, 6.30pm
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'My People Are Rising' Sukant Chandon in conversation with Black Panther, Aaron Dixon
Tuesday 27th January, 7pm
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[Again] Indroductions presents: 'Contemporary Journalism' with Nick Davies 
Wednesday 28th January, 7pm
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[Again] Introductions presents: ‘Biopolitics’ with Nikolas Rose
Wednesday 4th February, 7pm
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‘Stopping the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ with Linda Kaucher
Wednesday 11th February, 7pm
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‘Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’ with Tansy Hoskins
Wednesday 18th February, 7pm
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[Again] Introductions presents:‘Feminism’ with Stella Sandford 
Wednesday 4th March, 7pm
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IN-STORE EVENTS at HOUSMANS

We regularly have a variety of events in the shop, and are always welcome for suggestions from authors, artists and campaigners who want to use the shop for evening events. Past events include talks, book signings, film screenings, art exhibitions and musical performances.

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BOOK LAUNCH
'South Sudan: A Slow Liberation' with Edward Thomas, Thomas Mawan Muortat and Liz Hodgkin
Wednesday 14th January, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase



South Sudan: A Slow Liberation tries to explain how South Sudan's first years as an independent country have been marred by violence. Often that violence is explained as 'tribal' or 'ethnic' conflict - an explanation which simplifies and conceals the rapid economic and social changes that have been brought about by war. The book tries to fit South Sudan's story into a much bigger story of violence, racism and economic changes in Africa and across the world over the past two centuries.

But it's written from a very local perspective - it's based on several hundred interviews carried out in Jonglei state, one of the remotest and most mutinous peripheries of South Sudan. It explains the big story of violence and economics through local stories: of cattle-keepers trying to navigate a new economy where food is not just grown or raised by households, but is bought, looted, or allocated by humanitarian agencies; of town people trying to get an education, and to persuade the government - the biggest employer - to give them a job. It explains too how ethnicity gets caught up with local struggles for survival and advancement. Accessibly written, it provides a revealing and multi-layered introduction to what's happening in South Sudan today.

The most lucid, insightful account of South Sudan’s predicament in print – Alex de Waal, World Peace Foundation, Tufts University

Succinctly examines the challenges facing South Sudanese struggling for freedom – Peter Adwok Nyaba, former South Sudan minister of higher education

A must-read … Edward Thomas’s book expertly documents the lessons from history for South Sudan’s future – Alex Vines, head of Chatham House’s Africa Programme

Come along for a panel discussion led by three of South Sudan’s most thoughtful analysts. Thomas Mawan Muortat is from Rumbek, a town at the heart of South Sudan. He studied there and in Sudan, Egypt and the UK and works as an analyst of South Sudan for broadcast media and leading London think tanks. Liz Hodgkin taught history at the University of Khartoum from 1968 to 1973, and was one of the founders of the newsletter Sudan Update in the 1980s. She worked from 2002 to 2009 as the Sudan researcher for Amnesty International. For the past two years, she has been teaching in the history department of Isoke School in the tall green mountains of Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan. Mawan and Liz will be joined by the author, Eddie Thomas, who has worked in Sudan and South Sudan for ten years, as a teacher, human rights worker and researcher.

 

BOOK TALK
'Capitalism is Bad for Your Mental Health' with Robert Dellar, Alistair Kemp, and the Association of Musical Marxists
Wednesday 21st January, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Robert Dellar's Splitting in Two: Mad Pride and Punk Rock Oblivion, a book of memories and fantasy by one of the founders of Mad Pride has opened the door on a new kind of politics. Being published by Unkant, publishing wing of the Association of Musical Marxists - a group set up by rebel SWP members - is a sign of the left's regroupment, since Mad Pride was heavily associated with Hackney anarchism.

 The AMM persuaded Dellar to read Psycho-Politics by Peter Sedgwick, doyen of the early, libertarian SWP, and this meeting will allow Dellar to talk about what he found. We have invited Alastair Kemp, editor of TheNewhaven Journeyman ("where music, politics and madness meet") to speak as well. There will also be musical interludes by the AMM All Stars. This will be an unusual night of genuinely unpredictable conversation and laughs. 

You can find background reading here (http://ammarxists.org/ben-watson-sedgwick-psycho-politics-and-poiesis-via-daleks-dialectics-and-the-swp/) as well as stuff on Rob's Unkant book ...

Veterans for Peace present:

Songs and Stories from the Global Uprisings
with Ryan Harvey, Raast and Shireen

Sunday 25th January, 6pm
Free entry / donations welcome


American folk singer Ryan Harvey will be performing with RAAST and Shireen at at this event organised by Veterans For Peace UK.
http://veteransforpeace.org.uk


VFP UK update to be given and merchandise for sale.

RYAN HARVEY – “Songs from the Global Uprisings,” U.S.www.ryanharveymusic.comBlending song and story, Ryan Harvey has been performing in social justice activist circles for nearly ten years, sharing the stage with many underground and mainstream performers. In the last few years he has performed in 21 countries, from Ireland to Egypt, Poland to Portugal. A member of the Riot-Folk Collective, Ryan uses his songs and energy to support various grassroots efforts for radical social change. 

RAAST – English/Arabic Protest Dabke-Folk Fusion, Londonwww.soundcloud.com/raastRaast are a multi cultural music collective based in London performing songs of love and resisitance, blending different sounds of the world using their unique combination of traditional and contemporary instrumentation. Raast collaborate with artists from all over the world and perform songs in Arabic, English, Spanish and Portuguese. 

SHIREEN – Crisis Folk, Netherlands

“I made up the name ‘Crisis Folk’ to give a name to the type of songs that I like to sing. Many crises manifest themselves in the traditional folk-songs that I like to borrow, like excessive drinking, poverty and violence. Alongside these songs, I sing about other, more contemporary crises. About Europe becoming more and more like a fortress with the ever increasing border controls and violent repression of the ‘sans-papiers’ and ‘no border’ activists. Or the damage that is done to ecosystems in search of profit. Of course these are love songs too. As you cannot fight without loving.”

Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/646620852113426/

WORKSHOP

Brick Lane Debates present: Capitalism 101
Workshop led by Neil Faulkner
Monday 26th January, 6.30pm
Free Entry

BOOK TALK
'My People Are Rising'
Sukant Chandon in conversation with Black Panther, Aaron Dixon

Tuesday 27th January, 7pm

Suggested donation £3


Veteran Black Panther Aaron Dixon will be presenting his life work and his book which recounts forming the Seattle branch of the Black Panthers, their struggles against police brutality, organising free breakfast programs and developing global solidarity.

Organised by the Tricontinental Anti-Imperialist Platform

BOOK TALK
[Again] Indroductions presents:
'Contemporary Journalism' with Nick Davies

Wednesday 28th January, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

The first talk in the [Again] series concerns contemporary journalism and the means by which we, as political subjects, find out about the current affairs and the goings on of society and the world. We are joined by award-winning journalist Nick Davies, who will talk about the shocking hacking scandal and its various effects and implications. Journalism is one of the key ways in which truth is spoken to power, and Nick's most recent book Hack Attack, revolves precisely around that democratic principle. In a similar vein, Nick's first book, Flat Earth News, exposed much of the corroption taking place in journlaism today. For more information on his work, visit http://www.flatearthnews.net

[Again] is a London-based organisation aimed at the amplification of an intellectual culture concerned with concepts and problems. We believe that it is possible to propagate such a situation beyond the capacities of the university institution, through the creation and maintenance of an active, independent community. Set up in 2014, Again has hosted numerous talks and reading groups, organized a conference (concerning the philosophy of Georges Bataille), an art exhibition and has much more planned.

The ‘Introductions’ series of talks is aimed at tackling contemporary political issues in an accessible manner. Each half hour talk will be given by an expert in the particular field, ensuring an informed, precise summary of the problems and issues raised therein. A hand-out will be provided with a short book list identifying the key texts in that domain should you wish to read further into the subject. For this series, we’ve picked three exciting topics fundamental to the understanding of politics today. We hope to see you there!

Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/555605844570008/

TALK

[Again] Introductions presents:

‘Biopolitics’ with Nikolas Rose
Wednesday 4th February, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


The second [Again] Introductions talk is on the subject of biopolitics, which tried to understand the way that modern power takes the very lives of individuals as its object. Phenomena such as disease scares, obesity epidemics and definitions of mental illness exemplify a political emphasis on the biological bodies of individuals. At an international level, this can lead to a move away from democracy and towards security measures justified in the name of protection and ‘increased threat’.

While Aristotle defined the human as a ‘political animal’, our situation is one where our lives are managed; they are ’political’ in uncomfortable ways. Prof. Rose has been working in this fascinating field of research for decades, and is perfectly placed to introduce the key concepts involved.

Nikolas Rose is a prominent British sociologist and social theorist. He is currently the Head of Department of the newly launched Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine at King's College London. He was the James Martin White Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, director and founder of LSE's BIOS Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society from 2002 to 2011. 

About the Series 

[Again] is a London-based organisation aimed at the amplification of an intellectual culture concerned with concepts and problems. We believe that it is possible to propagate such a situation beyond the capacities of the university institution, through the creation and maintenance of an active, independent community. Set up in 2014, Again has hosted numerous talks and reading groups, organized a conference (concerning the philosophy of Georges Bataille), an art exhibition and has much more planned. 

The ‘Introductions’ series of talks is aimed at tackling contemporary political issues in an accessible manner. Each 45 minute talk will be given by an expert in the particular field, ensuring an informed, precise summary of the problems and issues raised therein. A hand-out will be provided with a short book list identifying the key texts in that domain should you wish to read further into the subject. For this series, we’ve picked three exciting topics fundamental to the understanding of politics today.


BOOK TALK
‘Stopping the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’

with Linda Kaucher
Wednesday 11th February, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Linda Kaucher explores the numerous threats contained in the US/EU ‘free trade’ TTIP deal, and presents the campaign to stop its implementation.

Despite the attempt to keep secret the implications of a US/EU supposed ‘free trade’ agreement called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), public awareness of the deal and how it will take us towards a corporate-run world is growing.


In addition to the usual corporate-friendly provision in ‘trade’ deals when services are ‘liberalised’, TTIP goes much further.  Regulatory harmonisation (also called co-operation or coherence) between the world’s two biggest economies, the US and the EU, is in fact a deregulation mechanism – a way for transnational corporations to get rid of laws that limit their profit-making.

The threat to current regulations on food safety, involving eg US-style chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-treated beef, have attracted so much public disgust the EU Trade Commission has been forced to pledge to maintain EU standards on these. However it is the hidden provision for the future that is the bigger threat. - to regulations and to democracy.


A Regulatory Co-operation Council, with big business at the table from earliest consideration of new regulations, will threaten both sound public interest regulating and democracy.


And planned investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) will allow corporations to sue governments for any introduced regulation that doesn’t suit corporate profit-making.

Linda Kaucher is a long-term researcher on the EU’s international ‘trade’ deals, and will launch the latest StopTTIP booklet on this and other corporate-benefit ‘trade’ deals.


BOOK TALK
‘Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’

with Tansy E. Hoskins
Wednesday 18th February, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Few of us know the exact details of where our clothes come from. In ‘Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’, Tansy E. Hoskins poses questions that we as consumers rarely pause to ask: how were our garments made, who manufactured them, and which corporation owners profited from them?

From high fashion designers to high street brands, Hoskins rigorously analyses the mechanics that sustain the fashion industry. By using fashion as ‘a lens to look at capitalism through’, Hoskins unravels the supply chain from start to finish, investigating the roles of factory workers, designers, models, advertisers and consumers along the way.

Weaving together Karl Lagerfield with Karl Marx, Hoskins' eye-opening critique exposes the misogyny, animal cruelty, racism and classism inherent to the fashion industry and its ‘size zero’ culture. Even ‘green’ and ‘ethical’ clothing lines, Hoskins reveals, are rarely as socially responsible as their advertisers make them out to be.

The first book to examine fashion through an anti-capitalist lens, Hoskins' study of the social and environmental repercussions of the global fashion industry is compelling and timely.

‘Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’ by Tansy E. Hoskins
Pluto Press (2014)
£15.00

ISBN: 9780745334561


TALK

[Again] Introductions presents:

‘Feminism’

with Prof. Stella Sandford
Wednesday 4th March 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


The third and final talk in the [Again] Introductions series at Housmans is on the subject of feminism, and will provide an insight into the movement’s latest debates and challenges, from the perspective of the feminist tradition in philosophy and theory.

Stella Sandford is Professor of Modern European Philosophy at the CRMEP, Kingston University and has published and taught widely on the intersection of philosophy, feminist theory and politics.

  

About the Series

[Again] is a London-based organisation aimed at the amplification of an intellectual culture concerned with concepts and problems. We believe that it is possible to propagate such a situation beyond the capacities of the university institution, through the creation and maintenance of an active, independent community. Set up in 2014, Again has hosted numerous talks and reading groups, organized a conference (concerning the philosophy of Georges Bataille), an art exhibition and has much more planned.

The ‘Introductions’ series of talks is aimed at tackling contemporary political issues in an accessible manner. Each 45 minute talk will be given by an expert in the particular field, ensuring an informed, precise summary of the problems and issues raised therein. A hand-out will be provided with a short book list identifying the key texts in that domain should you wish to read further into the subject. For this series, we’ve picked three exciting topics fundamental to the understanding of politics today.




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